For the first time in several days, Rome saw sunny skies Thursday, and the mood of the city matched the weather.
People often ask me, "What's the best thing about your job?" The answer is always the same, "I'm reminded every day how little I know. It's so freeing to realize there's so much more in life to learn." Never has that been more apparent than this week.
Roman Catholics in the Triangle reacted with excitement and were filled with hope Wednesday afternoon upon receiving the news that Pope Francis, a Jesuit cardinal from Argentina, has been chosen to lead the church.
Black smoke was expected for this first vote of the papal conclave, and black smoke is what streamed out of the Sistine Chapel chimney Tuesday afternoon.
As millions worldwide wait for the selection of a new pope, thousands of visitors to the Vatican are watching the historic proceedings first-hand. It's an experience a Raleigh couple says they will never forget.
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Inside WRAL: My day with Mandela
My first glimpse of Nelson Mandela's magnetic smile came that Sunday morning in early 1990, watching television coverage of his release from prison in South Africa. It's still hard to believe that, as he strolled with his wife through crowds of jubilant supporters, free for the first time in decades, I was only weeks away from seeing that smile in person.
There are plenty of shows this week in the Triangle. Head out this evening and hear some great live music!
State lawmakers and Gov. Pat McCrory appear to be in agreement that they will increase teacher pay next year, but the legislative session is more than five months away and the details of the plan remain foggy.
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Go Ask Mom shares her picks for family fun this holiday season in the Triangle.
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